Living History Centennial Series Podcast
This is the 100th Anniversary of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association.
The Centennial Series Podcasts come from the Georgia Tech Living History Collection, which contains nearly 700 life stories. There are literally thousands of anecdotes about life at Georgia Tech over the decades, as well as tales about Atlanta, about Georgia, and all of the many states and countries that the interviewees come from. It is a treasure trove of history that is filled with humor, daring-do, accomplishments and every human emotion one can imagine. Each week a new story will be added for a total of 52 stories over the centennial year. The clips are from 3.5 to 5 minutes long. Each will offer the listener/viewer a small window into someone's lifeâ€”an opportunity to share some thing that was significant to the speaker.
Mrs. Eisenstein Saves the Day
Aleksander Szlam, EE 1974, MS EE 1980, who immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1970, remembers the amazing Mrs. Eisenstein who managed to get him admitted to Tech even though he didn't speak any English through her high sense of drama and Dean Dull's soft heart. It was recorded January 18, 2008.1996 Olympic Campus Accommodations
During the Olympics, many of the Campus staff had to make some unusual adjustments and arrangements to keep things running smoothly. Director of Purchasing at Tech, Delores Gaddis, on staff from 1964 through 1997, recalls how she lived in her office during the week to be available in order to meet the demands of her job. It was recorded on April 15, 1999.Rugby at Tech and Anywhere in the World
Rugby was played as an intramural sport at Georgia Tech and Arthur Graham, CH E 1987, loved it from the start. Here he describes how he discovered it and came to make it a big part of his life even after he got out of Tech. It was recorded on February 10, 2005.Keeping Score at Football Games in the 1930s
When Hal Strickland, Ch E 1936 joined a fraternity at Tech, he found himself part of the scorekeepers' group for the Jackets' Saturday games. He tells the story of his debut at the job and how he managed to mess it up. It was recorded on February 20, 2007.Living on a Porch and Really Liking It
Sally Lam Woo, CH E 1966, came to Tech when women were few and housing very hard to come by. She had to room with a family and travel to school by bus for her first quarter and so she was happy to get a space to live at Mrs. Van Leer's house on 5th Street, even though it meant living on the porch. Sally recalls her life during her freshmen year at Tech. It was recorded on October 29, 2001.
Previously posted podcasts include:
The Case of the Saudis, a $760 Million Check and A Deposit Solution
Major General Bill Ray, retired faculty and honorary alumnus 2006, tells the amazing story of recovering expenses for U.S. troops stationed in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm and how the check got deposited in a most unusual manner. It was recorded on June 24, 2002.
Behind the Scenes at Disney World
Just how does Disney World create the magic of continuity? Joey Lloyd, ME 1988, describes the efforts that go into keeping "the show on the road" from his unique perspective as the senior engineer of ride and show at Disney World. It was recorded on February 28, 2006.
Strike Up The Band - Here Comes the What?
Band members were hard to come by during World War II and here Jack Causey, EE 1949, describes how he was recruited right off the field to participate in the marching band with a rather unusual instrument. He also tells the tale of a soggy performance that left the listeners wondering where the band went. It was recorded on April 8, 1999.
Bobby Cremins, head coach of men's basketball at Tech from 1981 to 2000, recalls his interview with Dr. Homer Rice and remembers that he wasn't at all prepared for it. He was very surprised when Dr. Rice called him back five weeks later and he returned to the campus and was offered the job. It was recorded on April 28, 2005.Mapping the Heart
Sheryl Prucka, EE 1982, and her husband created a cardiac mapping program in 1988 that enabled less invasive treatment for simple tachycardia. She talks about how it became the genesis of their engineering company which was later bought by General Electric. It was recorded on November 30, 2000.A 9/11 Decision Offers Endless Challenges
Captain Scott "Mac" Bryan, IE 2003, is a member of the U.S. Army 75th Rangers Special Ops who enlisted after graduating from Georgia Tech. He recalls how he began to think about it after 9/11 and the path he followed once the decision was made. It was recorded July 14, 2006.Early 20th Century Technology in the Shops and on Campus
Tom Edwards, EE 1928, of Lake Worth, Florida tells about events in his junior and senior years at Tech that involved the machine shop and woodworking shops that defined the technology challenges of his day. It was recorded April 21, 2004.A Carefully Crafted Plan Earns Honors at Tech
Patrise Perkins-Hooker, IM 1980, an eminently successful attorney in Atlanta, describes the making of history at Georgia Tech by the African-American students who reached critical mass in 1976 and her plan to face the academic challenges while she was here. It was recorded on August 20, 2003
Following Up With Mr. Hoover
Dr. G.B. Espy, ME 1957, is a practicing obstetrician in Cobb County. The story of how he came to enroll at Georgia Tech by way of the FBI and Mr. J. Edgar Hoover. It was recorded on June 07, 2007.Westward Ho to Taliesin: A Visit With Mr. Wright
Robert Broward, ARCH 1951, of Jacksonville, Florida tells about his first meeting with Architect Frank Lloyd Wright over the Christmas break in 1949. It was recorded March 1, 2006.
Retired faculty member, Dr. John Endicott, now president of Woo Song University in South Korea, recalls experiences he had as a student in London when he was about 15 years old. Endicott was in England with his father for one year and had the opportunity to attend Parliament and see the great Winston Churchill in action. It was in 1951 and Churchill was in his late 70s at the time. It was recorded on July 27, 2007
Anne Marie Eaton, who attended Tech in 1942-43 as part of the Federal Manpower Act, was born in Manheim, Germany in 1907. Here she tells the story of the beginning of WWI and the impact it had on her family. It was recorded on February 22, 1999.